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Today’s Music News: A Daft Punk Lego set? It could happen.

Autorazr's vision of a Daft Punk Lego set

Lego’s website has an “ideas” section where fans can submit their ideas for new Lego sets and rally support behind their designs. Over 4,000 users are urging Lego to create a Daft-Punk-themed set. “Through costumes, elaborate stage lighting / structures, and even vehicles, Daft Punk have created a visual history that lends itself to Lego,” writes user Autorazr, who first submitted the idea back in 2013. “All if not most, can be recreated with preexisting Lego parts.” (Radio.com)

The 2015 Golden Globe nominations have been announced. The five nominees for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture are Lana Del Rey (“Big Eyes” from the movie of the same title); John Legend and Common (“Glory” from Selma); Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye (“Mercy Is” from Noah); Sia (“Opportunity” from Annie); and Lorde (“Yellow Flicker Beat” from The Hunger Games—Mockingjay Part 1). The awards will be presented in Beverly Hills on Jan. 11. (Hollywood Reporter)

The highest-paid musician of 2014 is Dr. Dre, according to Forbes—thanks to the sale of his Beats brand to Apple. Number two is Beyoncé, and number three are the Eagles.

Marilyn Manson cleared up some—but only some—of the questions regarding footage of Lana Del Rey enacting a rape scene with a man who seemed to be director Eli Roth. Because the footage is spliced with video from Manson videos, it was at first thought to be from an unreleased Manson video. Now Manson confirms, as his representative stated previously, that the footage was not from one of his videos—but Manson says it was edited by someone who had worked on his videos and further adds that Lana Del Rey did act in an unreleased Marilyn Manson video. Just not that one. (Billboard)

Jack White will reunite with Loretta Lynn, whose 2004 Van Lear Rose album he produced, for a show in Nashville on Jan. 28: Lynn is booked to open for White. (Rolling Stone)

The Juliana Hatfield Three have reunited and will release their second album, Whatever, My Love, on Feb. 17: 22 years after their first album Become What You Are. They have released a first single, “If I Could.” (Rolling Stone)

After two days of wondering what “major concert” was being announced by Target Center, we now know: it’s Billy Joel, who will perform at the Minneapolis arena on May 16. Exactly 25 years ago this week, Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire” was the number one song in the country. (Local Current)

Steve Carell joined a barbershop quartet featuring Jimmy Fallon for an a capella rendition of Marvin Gaye‘s “Sexual Healing.”

Digital jukebox company TouchTunes released their year-end most-played list. The five most-played artists on jukeboxes in 2014 have been Lynyrd SkynrdJason AldeanEric ChurchAC/DC, and number one most-played artist Luke Bryan. The most-played song was—unsurprisingly, given that many jukeboxes are in bars—Brantley Gilbert‘s “Bottoms Up.” (Billboard)

In a typically frank speech at Oxford University, John Lydon (a.k.a. Johnny Rotten) explained that the Sex Pistols can’t reunite because they’re too fat. Lydon also criticized the latter-day Rolling Stones. “Did anybody see last year’s Glastonbury? I mean come on Mick… it’s not about age here, it’s about the showoff bulls–t. I wanted the Stones to give us the juice, the stuff that really put them there in the first place. But no, it’s Mick in ladies’ tights and his testicles are frocked and he’s running around like a speed freak and then there’s the band looking incredibly embarrassed and wearing the awful, I call them Tommy Hilfiger kind of colors, like Cliff-Richard-on-holiday wear.” (NME)

  • bob hicks

    The only interest I have in daft punk is seeing them with their helmets off. Gray and balding, no doubt.

    • Dave L.

      On the one hand, making a LEGO Daft Punk set sounds like some dad’s dream that would make no sense to his under-10 kid. The play/story value of two guys in suits who make electronic music seems pretty limited.

      And on the other hand, if you can already make the set out existing LEGO parts, you don’t need the company to approve your idea and manufacture it. Share it on Peeron.com or another LEGO fan site and reap the adulation from 4000+ like-minded fans.

  • bob hicks

    Billy Joel? Ain’t my idea of a major announcement. Led Zep reunion tour would be my idea of a major announcement.